Stopping an Evil Trade
Balinese Man Caught Selling Endangered Eagle on Line Faces Jail Time
A Balinese man, identified initially only with the initials KGW, has been listed by police as a suspect on the charge of trading in protected animal species, after being discovered trying to sell a Wild Crested Serpent Eagle (Burung Ular Bido/Spilornis cheela) online via Facebook for Rp. 1.5 million.
Using the Facebook Account Winata Nag Nusaindah, the man told police he was in dire need for money and tried to sell the endangered eagle, one of the largest eagle species found in Asia. Police traced the man and apprehended him briefly for questioning on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.
Beritabali.com said the bird’s captor was traced by police to the man’s address on Jalan Nusa Indah, Gang IV, Number 4, Banjar Abian Kapas Tengah in Denpasar. Winata told police he purchased the eagle in December 2018 for Rp. 1.5 million. The endangered bird has been taken into custody by Agency for the Conservation of Natural Resources (BKSDA).
The man is listed as a suspect and likely to be charged with a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Police have released the man on his own recognizance pending formal charges being filed.